A Michigan Nexium lawsuit may be an option for people who suffered complications after using the medication to treat acid reflux disease and ulcers. Nexium, a medication primarily used to treat acid reflux disease and various other ailments associated with the stomach and esophagus, has been connected to severe side effects and complications, including serious conditions affecting the kidneys. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a Michigan Nexium lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Michigan. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a case we can connect you with an affiliated Nexium lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Nexium and How Does It Work?
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2001, Nexium is most commonly used to alleviate heartburn, treat symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and heal problems related to erosive esophagitis, a potentially serious condition linked to GERD.
Nexium belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which suppress gastric acid secretion and inhibit the action of specific cells in the stomach lining. By acting on the proton pump, a membrane responsible for producing stomach acid, Nexium blocks the final step in acid production and reduces gastric acidity.
Nexium and Acute Interstitial Nephritis
Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN) is a rare form of acute kidney injury (AKI) in which the areas between the kidney tubules become inflamed or swollen. Symptoms of AIN include blood in the urine, fever, nausea, vomiting, rash, swelling, weight gain, and increased or decreased urine output. AIN is most commonly caused by an allergic reaction due to medications, including PPIs. Severe cases of AIN may result in kidney failure, requiring kidney dialysis or kidney transplant.
According to an article in the medical journal BMC Nephrology, a number of biopsy-confirmed case reports and have been published suggesting a connection between the use of PPIs such as Nexium and AIN. This includes research published in 2006, which cited three cases of esomeprazole-associated AIN.
Nexium and Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a slow, progressive loss of kidney function over a period of several years. A study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that PPI use is possibly connected to a higher risk of CKD. Results of the study indicated as much as 50 percent higher risk linked to the use of PPIs such as Nexium and CKD.
Many people who have CKD may not realize they have it because symptoms can be subtle and may not appear for months or even years. Common symptoms of CKD include changes in urination, swelling, fatigue, skin rash or itching, shortness of breath, dizziness or trouble concentrating, and nausea.
Nexium Side Effects and Risks
Patients may experience some common side effects when taking Nexium to treat GERD or other complications, including:
- Dry mouth
According to the FDA, serious side effects of Nexium include:
- Chronic atrophic gastritis, or persistent inflammation of the stomach lining
- Symptoms related to low magnesium levels in the body
- Serious allergic reactions, including rash, face swelling, throat tightness, and difficulty breathing
- Severe diarrhea due to an infection of the intestines
- Increased risk of hip, wrist, or spine fractures
An Illinois Nexium lawsuit was filed in May 2016 alleging that the makers of Nexium, AstraZeneca, knew about numerous case reports of kidney injuries in patients who took Nexium as early as 2004. Despite this knowledge, the lawsuit claims that the manufacturers failed to inform the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s physician of the known risks and proceeded to represent that Nexium did not pose any risks of kidney injuries.
How a Michigan Nexium Lawsuit Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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